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  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

    4 hours, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of ...

  • US tapped contractors to do its sneaky work in Cuba

    4 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions ...

  • US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

    4 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional audit says the federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe. It finds that the government lacks effective coordination and in some cases is years away from ensuring ...

  • Ed Dept. releases 'framework' to rate colleges

    8 hours, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability. The wait will continue. In an ...

  • US protection sought for scenic California region

    14 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, businesses and politicians will use a visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday to push for permanent protection of some 550 square miles of picturesque federal land near the state's ...

  • Obama taps CIA No. 2 Haines for White House job

    14 hours, 2 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming the CIA's second-ranking official to a top White House national security post. Obama says Avril Haines is a "model public servant" who is respected across the government. He says that as deputy ...

  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

    14 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using a streak of recent activism to shake up the governing status quo and create a new normal for his successors. Obama has taken aggressive steps on immigration, Internet access, climate change and ...

  • Obama raises concerns over crackdown with el-Sissi

    15 hours, 8 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has voiced concern to Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over mass trials and the imprisonment of journalists and peaceful activists in Egypt. In a phone call to the Egyptian leader, Obama ...

  • Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

    15 hours, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of ...

  • Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    16 hours, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by ...

  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    16 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions ...

  • US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

    17 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the resolution, offered by Jordan and ...

  • New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

    18 hours, 5 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. would normalize relations with the island's Communist ...

  • White House: 'Sophisticated actor' hacked Sony

    18 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent." But spokesman Josh Earnest is declining to blame North Korea. Earnest says he doesn't want to ...

  • Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

    19 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. ...

  • US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

    20 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is delaying release of a history study because publication could interfere with ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations. The volume deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in 1953. The decision was made ...

  • More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

    20 hours, 25 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces. But Army Lt. Gen. James Terry cautions it will take at least ...

  • Newseum to display items from Ferguson protests

    20 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of the Washington museum's exhibit on civil rights. The museum about journalism and the First Amendment will display items including a press ...

  • Treasury sanctions mother-in-law of Mexican drug lord

    21 hours, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing sanctions on the mother-in-law of a Mexican drug lord because she allegedly concealed assets from a drug cartel's operations around the world. Alejandra Araujo Uriarte is a Mexican national who was added to ...

  • Water advisory continues after petroleum contamination in DC

    22 hours, 32 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Three schools in the nation's capital are closed Thursday amid an ongoing order not to drink tap water in a section of northwest Washington because of petroleum contamination in the water system. D.C. Water issued the do-not-drink ...

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